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Notebook: Record Keeping in the Diaspora

  • Red Bay Coffee Roasters 3098 E 10th Street Oakland United States (map)

MATATU invites you and your (new or old) notebook(s) to a writer’s salon where attendees from a range of origins and backgrounds exchange documentation ideas, languages, and practices. Feature presenters: Sephora Woldu and Fatimata Vetu. 

"The mistaken assumption is that a writer’s notebook is a diary. Certainly, there are writers who, indeed, keep diaries, but a writer’s notebook is so much more.

My notebook is a collection of reflections, speculations, confessions, descriptions, quotations, impressions, and meditations. It’s fragments of words, sentences, paragraphs as well as entire essays. It contains ideas and drafts of poems and the novel that I am currently writing. Thus, it is one of the most valuable things I own and I don’t go anywhere without it.

In addition to text, my notebook is a scrapbook. In it are receipts, theater tickets, newspaper headlines, excerpts from magazine articles or books, airline tickets, photographs, restaurant menus, labels from wine bottles, and pictures of anything that I think is beautiful – art, interior design, for example. The notebook is my life." — E. Gerard Parsons

Earlier Event: February 2
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